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Shoppers Stockpile Incandescent Bulbs in Anticipation of Phase Out

In anticipation of a new law that will phase out incandescent light bulbs beginning next year, some shoppers are stockpiling large quantities of the bulbs for future use. According to USA Today, people aren't happy using the more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), which are cheaper than LEDs and use 75-percent less energy than incandescents. Some complain that CFLs aren't quite as ...

GE's Hybrid Lightbulb Is Instant-On

Your hybrid car should help reduce your carbon footprint, but what about all the energy you waste when you come home and turn on the lights? Apparently, GE's new hybrid lightbulb can help control your energy usage, without sacrificing your late-night lighting. As Engadget explains, GE's forthcoming product is essentially two lightbulbs in one. At first glance, it looks like any other compact f...

The Week in Design: Rethinking Our Relationship to Objects

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. Maybe we've h...

Save Energy -- Switch to Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)

If you haven't already, replace your household light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent versions. If every American home switched just one bulb, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions the same as pulling 800,000 cars off the road. As opposed to incandescent bulbs, CFL's last up to 10 times longer, use about 75-percent less energy, and will save you around $30 over its lifetime. On the downside, th...

LED Light Bulbs That Last 60 Years to Get Cheaper

Those old-school incandescent bulbs you grew up with are on their way out, deemed too inefficient for a continued life in today's eco-friendly society. But their replacements, compact flourescent (CFL), have their own share of issues. Some people find that the next-gen bulbs give them headaches, and since each one contains a bit of mercury they aren't exactly green themselves. For that reason, m...

Seven Lazy Ways to Go Green

If "going green" sounds great but not quite groovy enough to "get off the sofa," Unplggd has compiled seven ways for you to do some good without doing too much ... anything. The tips range from recycling your obsolete gadgets to swapping out your incandescent bulbs for energy-saving CFL alternatives (which use 80 percent less energy). Some tips are a bit obvious ("wash your clothes on lower hea...

Recycling of Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Neither Common Nor Easy Enough

Many of us have starting loading our homes with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) looking to go green, and save some green in the process. But there's a problem -- it turns out that compact fluorescent bulbs contain a small amount of mercury, which means that the bulbs must be recycled properly and can't just be thrown out with the rest of the trash. Most cities, however, do not have recycling prog...

Inventors Create Pill-Sized Bulb That's Brighter Than a Street Lamp

Alternative lighting solutions are all the rage right now. People are finally realizing that a big, clunky incandescent light bulb, which gets so hot it burns your hand, is not a particularly efficient way to illuminate a room. But despite the quick rush to change over to compact fluorescent (CFL), concerns over the potential health impacts and mercury content in CFLs are driving folks to look...

Energy-Saving Bulbs Causing Migraine Headaches

Compact fluorescent bulbs, the twisted looking replacement lights that use as little as one fourth the power of their common incandescent counterparts (and last much longer), are being adopted worldwide in an effort to reduce energy consumption. They are even becoming mandatory in some countries -- a little troubling according to the Daily Mail, which reports that health experts in the U.K. say th...